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Life Satisfaction among Elderly Households in Public Rental Housing in Singapore

Addae-Dapaah, K; Juan, QS; (2014) Life Satisfaction among Elderly Households in Public Rental Housing in Singapore. Health , 6 pp. 1057-1076. 10.4236/health.2014.610132. Green open access

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Abstract

We set out to investigate how satisfied the poor elderly Singaporean households in social housing are with their lives, especially in relation to their housing, in an attempt to find measures to improve, where possible, the life satisfaction of this group of elderly Singaporeans. We use archival and empirical research for our investigation. The results from 403 respondents to our survey are analyzed through logistic regression and factor analysis. We find that the life satisfaction of the elderly residents of social housing is very low. Furthermore we find that home modification that meets the requirements of the respondents will substantially improve their life satisfaction. Given that these elderly households neither have the right nor financial means to modify their housing units and precincts, it is incumbent upon the government, through the relevant authorities such as HDB, Town Councils and BCA to effect the necessary home modifications to create a more elderlyfriendly physical environment to improve the life satisfaction of the elderly households in social housing in Singapore. This arguably is a social imperative which should not be subjugated to economic niceties as social housing is not a luxurious housing choice but the last safety net for basic shelter.

Type: Article
Title: Life Satisfaction among Elderly Households in Public Rental Housing in Singapore
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.4236/health.2014.610132
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.4236/health.2014.610132
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © 2014 by authors and Scientific Research Publishing Inc. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution International License (CC BY). http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
Keywords: Public Rental Housing, Home Medications, Life Satisfaction, Factor Analysis, Binary Logit Model
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > The Bartlett School of Planning
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1503250
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